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If you climb the 14,000 feet (4,400m) up from Lima to a Maca field high on the Junin plateau during harvest time, you see something very interesting. As you observe the workers gently digging roots from the ground, you’ll notice that there are significantly more yellow and red colored roots than black ones. No one knows exactly why, but Black Maca roots are the least common color of all. In fact, they account for just about 15% of the annual harvest. It’s especially strange considering that the same batch of Maca seeds consistently produces, year after year, roughly the same percentages of Red, Yellow and Black roots.